When his mother leaves to live with another man, nine-year-old Jeremy faces his own pain and loss, his father's depression and sister's distance, the pity of friends and strangers, and his father's remarriage two years later, finding solace in fishing and his artwork.
Marisa Silver reimagines the story behind Dorothea Lange's famous Depression-era photo, Migrant Mother. In Silver's story, two women — photographer and subject — briefly cross paths, and a contemporary professor of cultural history uncovers a mystery captured in the resulting photo.
Basing his career on the work of disgraced 17th-century set designer Adriano Lavicini, New Expressionist stage designer Egon Loeser leaves Weimar Republic Berlin to pursue a disinterested woman. He arrives in Los Angeles, where a Caltech physicist is trying to develop a teleportation device.
Mohsin Hamid's novel takes its structure from the genre of self-help tutorials. Chapter 1: Move to the City. Chapter 2: Get an Education. Chapter 3: Don't Fall in Love. But the book's nameless protagonist, who transforms from rural peasant to corporate tycoon, fails to follow this last directive — after all, the dogged pursuit of success doesn't happen in a vacuum.
Living in an underground, utopian settlement in a post-apocalyptic world, Natasha Wiley is hired to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time. When she leaves the safety of America-Five, Natasha finds her allegiances tested in the face of shattering truths.
Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck has just moved to a new town where he doesn't have any friends. His teachers and the police think of him as a "skinny thug." He finds his way to the library, where he discovers John James Audubon's Birds of America. When he notices that some of the pages are missing, he resolves to track them down.
The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments need a miracle, and Alice Bhatti may be just what they're looking for. She's the daughter of a part-time healer in the French Colony, Karachi's infamous Christian slum, and it seems she has, unhappily, inherited his part-time gift. With a bit of begrudging but inspired improvisation, Alice begins to bring succor to patients in the overflowing hospital.
Jonas, a Muslim teenager, is 15 when his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in an unnamed country. With the help of an international relief organization, he is sent to America, where he struggles to assimilate. When he meets the mother of the U.S. soldier who saved his life, a shocking and painful secret from the past gradually surfaces.
St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin's body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his 18-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin's healing powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to her son, the headstrong prince, Alyosha, who suffers from hemophilia. Soon after Masha arrives at the palace, the Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha find solace in each other's company.
In the spring of 1950, Coral Glynn arrives at an isolated mansion in the English countryside to nurse the elderly Edith Hart. There, Coral meets Hart House's odd inhabitants: Mrs. Prence, the perpetually disgruntled housekeeper; and Major Clement Hart, her charge's war-ravaged son. When a child's game goes violently awry in the nearby woods, a great shadow descends upon its residents.
When her master's son, the father of her four children, reneges on his promise to free her in 1832 South Africa, Philida, a slave, lodges a complaint against the family. After being sold to a new owner, she journeys to the north of Cape Town, where she tests the limits of her freedom.
Violet Epps, a movie critic as influential as she is insecure, discovers that being a fan isn't the same as being a roommate when Dorothy Parker's spirit materializes from an ancient guestbook — and then follows her home. Parker, it turns out, wants help moving on to the afterlife; in exchange, she offers advice on how Violet can find the courage to speak out. The two women — flesh and spirit — come to depend on each other, as Violet uses Parker's words to become more confident, and the literary spirit learns to deal with her own (literal) ghosts.
A new collection of stories by the author of Swamplandia! features a varied cast of characters, including a pair of centuries-old vampires whose relationship is tested by a sudden fear of flying, a dejected teen who communicates with the universe through objects from a sea gull nest, and a massage therapist who heals a tattooed veteran by manipulating the images on his body.
Corporate espionage, art smuggling, and murder mark the second novel from the author of The Silent Oligarch. Ben Webster, former journalist and current corporate spy, has been hired to clear the reputation of an Iranian-born philanthropist, but as Webster follows the man's trail through London, Dubai, Marrakech and Tehran, he finds more danger than redemption.